U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has put together a special panel tasked with examining the current state of freight transportation in the United States and how improving freight transportation can strengthen the U.S. economy.
The full committee’s vice chairman, Rep. John Duncan, Jr. (R-TN), will chair the “Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation.” Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) will serve as the panel’s ranking member. By the rules of the committee adopted at the beginning of Congress, the special panel will serve for a period of six months, beginning with its first scheduled hearing on April 24, 2013.
The Republican members of the panel include John Duncan, Jr., TN, chairman; Gary Miller, CA; Rick Crawford, AR; Richard Hanna, NY; Daniel Webster, FL; Markwayne Mullin, OK; The Democratic members of the panel include Jerrold Nadler, NY, ranking member; Corrine Brown, FL; Daniel Lipinski, IL; Albio Sires, NJ and Janice Hahn, CA.
“Given that freight transportation cuts across many modes, this panel will play a critical role in providing recommendations on how to improve the efficient movement of goods between highways, ports, inland waterways, railroads, air carriers and pipelines,” said Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA). “I am confident Chairman Duncan and the members of the panel will provide the committee with valuable insights for the improvement of freight transportation and our nation’s economy.”